Initial Descent: May 7 – 13, 2017

John Frum
John Frum

Another week bites the dust and in case you missed it we’ve had some good stuff on the site this week: news, Nine Circles ov…Easing Back Into Power Metal, Profile, reviews and of course the official weekend starting Evcharist. Feel free to take all that in while you browse all the new metal that’s out this week and spoiler alert: good stuff contained within. Bringing progressive death metal, that actually is progressive (as in moving the genre forward), is John Frum with their debut A Stirring In the Noos and from start to finish this thing will amaze even the most hardened of death metal fan. Next up is Merchant with their second full length of extremely moving and densely layered doom metal, Beneath. Doom fans get on this asap. Summoner summons up the kind of hard driving guitar rock that will appeal to anyone that stirs at the mere sound of a guitar on Beyond the Realm of Light, got a road trip coming up? YOU NEED THIS. Wormwitch strike black n roll gold on their crazy good debut Strike Mortal Soil and the same can be said of debut full length Dysangelium from Sweden’s Ensnared which is an excellent outing of tangled and discordant death metal, a definite must hear. There you have it folks, all that and much more just beyond that ‘continue reading’ button.  Continue reading

Album Review: John Frum – “A Stirring in the Noos”


The death metal collective known as John Frum are described in their promo as “the patron saints of altered states” and based on the juggernaut that is debut A Stirring of the Noos (and oh how my auto-correct loves that title) I’m inclined to agree.  This is progressive death metal that doesn’t sacrifice mood for technical wankery, instead using the prowess of its band members to spin a dark psychedelic web of brutality that pulls the listener into its layers rather than keep them at arm’s length with clinical detachment.   Continue reading

Donuts & CANTO: Coliseum, Russian Circles, Arcadea and more!

April 18, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

  • Leading off, it looks like frontman Ryan Patterson has left Coliseum to start a new project called Fotocrime. More power to him for pursuing his interests, but…goddammit if true. I need to go play Anxiety’s Kiss like ten times in a row.

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Album Review: The Obsessed – “Sacred”

Obsessed Sacred

The Obsessed are back after 20 years but really, it never felt like they went away. A large part of this can be attributed to the ridiculous amount of great releases featuring the whisky-soaked bootstrapping doom croon of guitarist/vocalist/legend Scott “Wino” Weinrich, whether it be St. Vitus, The Hidden Hand, Spirit Caravan, or his stellar solo material. But an even larger part comes from that “legend” tag, and I don’t place it there lightly. This is a guy upon whose voice and guitar the schools of doom and stoner rock were built. So the bigger question is not how Sacred, The Obsessed’s first album in 20 years holds up, but how it holds up after 20 years of bands and albums that used the band as a template for their own sound.   Continue reading

Initial Descent: March 12 – 18, 2017


I’m not going to ramble on this week because not only do we have some stellar music for you in the top four slots but we have plenty more in store beyond that. Oh and I’m heading out to the Atlanta Decibel Tour in a few short hours so expect some words on that in the coming days, should be epic. Stay tuned. Up first is Woe‘s incendiary Hope Attrition that basks in its ability to see the current state of affairs as they really are and calls for action instead of complacency, vicious black metal with a message. Next up, Fange return with their second full length Pourrissoir and somehow they’ve managed to retain all the nasty sludge qualities that made their debut so amazing but here they hone their song craft to a sharpened tip of extremity. Third up is legendary US death metallers Obituary with their tenth full length Obituary, and yes the band still has it after all these years and yes it will be a treat to see these guys tonight (had to throw that in there). Last but not least is Saille with their melodic yet epic black metal on Gnosis and if you’ve yet to experience this band now is as good a time as any, you won’t be disappointed. So there you have it with the top slots but there’s so much more to explore after the jump. Continue reading